Trump ex campaign manager Lewandowski tweets damaging story about current manager Manafort

Donald Trump’s ousted former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, just tweeted a blockbuster new New York Times story that’s highly critical of Donald Trump’s current campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

And the Internet is abuzz.

And it’s not just a prurient interest. This is fascinating stuff, as it’s indicative of just bad things have gotten in Trump-land.

Even though Lewandowski was summarily self-deported from the Trump campaign a few months ago, he appeared to remain loyal to Trump during his various appearances as a paid contributor on CNN. (Of course, it’s been reported that Lewandowski signed a non-disparagement agreement with Trump, so no one was expecting much criticism anyway.)

manafort-lewandowski-tweetBut tonight that changed when Lewandowski retweeted the NYT story. Everyone on Twitter, conservatives included, are taking this as a sign of Corey knifing Manafort in the back at a particularly precarious time for the campaign. Trump has just finished one of his worst weeks of the campaign, with new polls showing him far behind Clinton.

Then the NYT story drops:

On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych.

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

In addition, criminal prosecutors are investigating a group of offshore shell companies that helped members of Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles, including a palatial presidential residence with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among the hundreds of murky transactions these companies engaged in was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin.

So we have Trump’s former campaign manager, and still current adviser, promoting a story about the possible corruption of Trump’s current campaign manager. Chuck Schumer’s office is claiming that if the story is true, Manafort may have violated US law:

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And not only is this a story about possible financial corruption, it’s a story that only adds to the intrigue of the Trump campaign’s increasingly creepy ties to the Russian government, much of which centers around Manafort.

Ties that only got creepier this morning when Manafort told CNN’s Jake Tapper that a NATO base in Turkey was recently attacked by terrorists. Manafort is mistaken. The story is a fake. Its source? Russian counterintelligence.

Big trouble for moose and squirrel.

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24 Responses to “Trump ex campaign manager Lewandowski tweets damaging story about current manager Manafort”

  1. Jackieabautista1 says:

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  2. AKRNC says:

    Please look at how the MSM has ignored the fact that the GOP Presidential candidate has been charged with the rape of a minor. If this had been President Obama or any other Democratic candidate, there would have been an uproar and calls for stepping down immediately! RW hypocrisy is overwhelming as usual.

  3. ErikKC2 says:

    And, why he refuses to make them public.

    But, I keep asking.

  4. Demosthenes says:

    The GOP Congress will, of course, ignore this frightening issue.

  5. Demosthenes says:

    When combined with his open fundraising targeted at foreign legislators, is there any doubt the Donald and his campaign chief are Russian sympathizers assisting them in weakening the US? When is the GOP Congress going to investigate this?

  6. Badgerite says:

    The Russian ‘oligarch’, Oleg Deripaska, was denied a visa to enter the United States due to suspected ties to the Russian mafia. He is also a close ally of Vladimir Putin.
    Nice company Manafort keeps.
    For those who were not around or who do not remember, Ferdinand Marcos was President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. From 1972 to 1981, he ruled by martial law. There was great corruption and unrest during that time. And Benigno Acquino was the leader of the opposition to Marcos who was imprisoned from 1972 to 1980 when he was permitted to travel to the United States for medical treatment. When he returned from exile in 1983, government soldiers took him off the plane and shot him to death right there on the tarmac. This incident propelled his widow, Corazon Acquino into the presidency after Marcos was overthrown. The airport where he died is now named after him. Manila International Airport became Benigno Acquino International Airport.
    This is the company the campaign manager of the trump campaign keeps. This is who he worked for.
    Ferdinand Marcos.
    If the Republican party ever wants to become a party that Abraham Lincoln and even Eisenhower would not be disgusted by, they need to do some soul searching and finally, once and for all, expunge the Ghost of Richard Nixon from their “core principles”. Until then, “follow the money”.

  7. Colin says:

    I am waiting popcorn in hand for the explanation from the Trump people. But the sad part is that it will make little difference to the wingnuts. According to them Mrs. Clinton started Isis and is more than likely in league with the Orcs but Trump could chow down on some tasty man flesh and the rubes would only wonder about the sauce. I’ve never seen anything like this.

  8. Badgerite says:

    That’s it exactly. “Follow the money”. Many up votes. At least 30.

  9. Badgerite says:

    Seriously. What liberal media?

  10. Imagine what would happen had Hillary’s campaign manager been a top adviser to a Putin crony, actively helping thwart US foreign policy, and then this? It would make the McCarthy hearings look like a picnic.

  11. Don Chandler says:

    55 Savushkina Street, St Petersburg

  12. Uncle Luie says:

    They will circle the wagons and surely downplay it as rumors, lies and innuendo.

  13. Uncle Luie says:

    This is why he will probably not debate, not only will he need to defend his no tax returns, he will be saddled with the Russian connection. People will not dismiss this Russian connection. Those who will still support him are blind and will continue to raise Hillary’s e-mails.

  14. ErikKC2 says:

    Surprised?

    Mr. Trump. Foreign investments? Where? Foreign investors? From where?

    Let’s see those tax returns. What have you got to hide?

  15. Gloriabhealy3 says:

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  16. swek says:

    Lwendowski v Manafort
    Trump v Media
    Manafort v GOP

    Clinton campaign just pulls up some beach chairs to observe the self-immolation through fireworks

    they just have to keep back a few hundred feet to avoid getting singed

  17. douglas01 says:

    I read this story right after it was posted and immediately forwarded it to friends saying this is a big fucking deal. Manafort should not be campaign manager for a dog catcher, no offense to dogs, much less an presidential candidate. Trump modified the Republican Platform to make it more pro Russian and his own unknown financial ties to Russia need to be investigated. This takes spying to a brand new level.

  18. Ron Lahr says:

    Great post. Have done a lot of research on this and you summed it up nicely. Bravo!

  19. Veratus Maximus says:

    When Manafort was born they threw away the mold. But it grew back.

  20. Guy Fawkes says:

    But of course Trump’s campaign manager wouldn’t do anything wrong that involves hidden millions from pro-Russian parties in Ukraine. Just like he and Trump aren’t in cahoots with Putin and Russia, except when it comes to hacking into Democratic Party’s emails to release them during this election.

    And of course it’s not quid pro quo that Trump hinted Putin gets to keep Crimea, Ukraine once again can become Russia’s puppet and NATO will be disbanded so Trump can ally himself with Putin. Sure, there’s nothing in the least bit traitorous about a candidate for U.S. President and his campaign manager doing that.

  21. Nerdfanfave says:

    The cable news punditry should have been all over Manafort’s ties to Russia/Putin the second he became Trump’s campaign manager. Instead they welcomed him with open arms.

    They would have had a feeding frenzy if anyone on Hillary’s team had even an inkling of a connection to Russia/Putin, etc. I have no doubt about that.

  22. UncleBucky says:

    “non-disparagement agreement with Trump”

    Who else (persons or entities) have signed that, especially…. Media channels….

  23. UncleBucky says:

    Get to the part where Trump’s wee wee is in the ringer…

    Then we can order palettes of popcorn…

  24. Jim Olson says:

    As always, follow the money.

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